Theological Statement and Purpose
of Child Protection Policies and Procedures
at New Holland Mennonite Church
It is the desire of New Holland Mennonite Church to be a congregation seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a broken world. Within our faith community, we grow together in the body of Christ as we draw closer to God in a trusting, nurturing atmosphere. As part of this mission, it is the goal of New Holland Mennonite Church to provide a safe environment for our children, church members, visitors, and the community who participate in our programs and use our facilities. A safe environment is one that provides for the protection of the physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being of every person created in the image of God. This atmosphere is to be free of exploitation, intimidation, verbal, physical or sexual abuse or misconduct, and harassment.
These policies and procedures have been established to:
1. Provide a safe environment and protect all children who attend New Holland Mennonite from an abuse situation in all areas of his/her life.
2. Protect our child/youth workers from being suspected or falsely accused of wrongful behavior toward a child.
3. Lower the legal risk of New Holland Mennonite by establishing a policy that meets the test of “reasonable care.”
4. To guard the honor and reputation of our Lord Jesus Christ.